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Alia Bhatt appointed as brand ambassador
Current Affairs Headlines of 24th November, 2018

Alia Bhatt appointed as brand ambassador

Uber Eats has appointed actor Alia Bhatt as its brand ambassador in India on 22 November 2018.

India is the first country for Uber Eats globally where the company has appointed a brand ambassador.

Uber Eats is the food delivery arm of Uber and was launched in India in May 2017.

The food delivery service is available across 37 cities in India.

7th International Tourism Mart Inaugurated in Agartala

The Governor of Tripura Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki inaugurated the ‘7th International Tourism Mart for the North-East States in the presence of Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism K.J Alphons and the Chief Minister of Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb in Agartala, Tripura.

The Ministry of Tourism has organized the mart in association with the Department of Tourism, Government of Tripura and the North Eastern States.

The International Tourism Marts are organized every tear in the North Eastern States on rotation basis. The earlier editions of this mart had been held in Guwahati, Tawang, Shillong, Gangtok and Imphal.

‘Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival’ from 28 Nov

The sixth edition of the ‘Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival’ will begin in Assam on 28 November 2018.

The aim of the festival is to promote cinema of the Northeastern region of India.

‘Spring Thunder’ will be the opening film of the festival and Assamese Film ‘Bornodi Bhotiai’, will be the concluding film of the festival.

Paytm partners with LIC for insurance premium payments

Softbank-backed, digital payments service provider, Paytm (One 97 Communications Limited) partnered with the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to offer online insurance premium payments on its platform.

A simpler and faster method of premium payments will be offered through the Paytm app with the freedom of paying premium through debit card, credit card, net banking and Paytm Wallet, besides availing the benefit of several deals and offers.

Life insurance sector in India is the biggest in the world in terms of policy count with about 360 million policies. It is expected to increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12-15 % over the next five years.

Azim Premji conferred Forbes India Leadership awards 2018

Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro, has won Forbes India Leadership Awards 2018, Lifetime Achievement.

Wipro is India’s fourth-biggest software services company by revenue and Ajim Premji is the second richest Indian.

The Forbes India Leadership Awards, India’s most prestigious honour for the top executives, was held in Mumbai.

Vimal Chandra won the Young Scientist award

IIT Roorkee Professor Vimal Chandra Srivastava has won the ‘NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Award 2018’ in ‘Environmentally Sound Sustainable Development’ category.

He has been given the award for his work on Industrial Wastewater Treatment, Clean Liquid Fuels, and Multi-component Adsorption.

The Award was instituted by Elsevier in the year 2006.

UNICEF appoints ‘Youth Advocate’ for Northeast

On 23 November 2018,singer Nahid Afrin of Assam has been appointed as the first ‘Youth Advocate’ of the Northeastern region by the UNICEF to fight for child rights.

The UNICEF engages ‘Youth Advocates’ to act as agents of change in society.

She made her playback debut in the 2016 Bollywood film ‘Akira’.

She received the best female playback singer award at the Assam state Film Award 2018.

Cabinet approved ‘ACROSS’ scheme

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved continuation of ‘Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services’ (ACROSS) during 2017-2020.

ACROSS scheme consists of 9 sub-programmes

It will be implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

The objective of the ACROSS scheme is to provide a reliable weather and climate forecast for the betterment of society.

ICC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIM-C

The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)) with the IIM Calcutta Innovation Park to help facilitate incubation of start-ups on 21 November 2018.

The Innovation Park will incubate and handhold the start-ups, and provide them with training and mentorship.

IIM-Calcutta Innovation Park is a not-for-profit company and is currently incubating 40 start-ups.

Joyce to head the UN Environment Programme

On 22 November 2018, Tanzanian microbiologist Joyce Msuya has been appointed as acting head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) following the resignation of Erik Solheim.

Erik Solheim was the Executive Director of UNEP.

Prior to joining UN, served as Adviser to the World Bank Vice President.

She also served in the Republic of Korea, as the inaugural World Bank Special Representative.

Bank credit grew by 14.88% & deposits by 9.13%

According to the RBI data, bank credit rose by 14.88% to Rs 91.11 lakh crore in the fortnight ended 9 November 2018.

The deposits grew by 9.13% to Rs 118.25 lakh crore.

In the previous fortnight ended October 26, 2018, credit had grown by 14.57% to Rs 90.37 lakh crore, while deposits rose by 9.01% to Rs 117.71 lakh crore.

In September 2018, the non-food credit rose by 11.3%.

PM sets up National Implementation Committee to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak

Union Government has decided to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak at national as well as international level.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi constituted National Implementation Committee (NIC) under Chairmanship of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in the country and abroad.

U.S. suspended USD 1.66 billion assistance to Pakistan

The U.S. suspended $1.66 billion in security assistance to Pakistan.

This happened days after President Donald Trump said the country does not do “a damn thing” for America alleging that its government had helped al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden hide near its garrison city of Abbottabad.

Ties between the US and Pakistan strained after Trump, while announcing his Afghanistan and South Asia policy in August last year, hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to ‘agents of chaos‘ that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has ‘much to lose‘ by harboring terrorists.

In September, the Trump administration cancelled USD 300 million in military aid to Islamabad for not doing enough against terror groups like the Haqqani Network and the Taliban active on its soil.

Nepal’s largest exhibition ConMac 2018 begins

Nepal’s largest exhibition on construction equipment and technology ‘ConMac 2018’ began on 22 November 2018 in Kathmandu.

The 3 day mega event is organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Embassy of India in Nepal.

The exhibition is showcasing, mainly heavy equipment such as dozer, crusher and concrete mixer.

Mohammed VI- B Satellite successfully launched

Morocco’s ‘Mohammed VI – B’ satellite was successfully launched on 21 November 2018 by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Center, in French Guiana.

‘Mohammed VI – B’ satellite is a high-resolution Earth-observation satellite.

It will be used for mapping and land surveying, regional development, agricultural monitoring, prevention and management of natural disasters, and mine exploration.

Monaco to host 2019 ‘Laureus Awards’

The 19th edition of the prestigious ‘Laureus World Sports Awards’ will be held in Monaco on 18 February 2019.

‘Laureus World Sports Awards’ are considered as the ‘Oscars of sports’.

Tennis player Roger Federer won the Laureus Sportsman of the Year award for 2017.

Former India cricket captains Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are members of the Laureus Academy.

2 fast patrol vessels for CG launched

Two fast patrol vessels manufactured by ‘Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers’ (GRSE) for Indian Coast Guard were launched on 22 November 2018.

The vessels have been named ICGS Amrit Kaur and ICGS Kamla Devi.

The vessels are fitted with state-of-the-art main engines with advanced control systems with modular accommodation for 35 personnel.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Mauritius approved

On 22 November 2018, the Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)) between India and Mauritius on Consumer Protection and Legal Metrology.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is beneficial for bilateral relations of both the countries.

It will help in expanding cooperation in the field of consumer protection and will provide an institutional mechanism for the exchange of information.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tajikistan approved

On 22 November 2018, the Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)) between India and Tajikistan on Cooperation on Youth Matters.

The areas of cooperation include exchanges of youth, representatives of youth organisations, and Government officials in-charge of youth policy-making.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) shall remain valid for a period of five years.

Sushma Swaraj Co-Chairs 9th Meeting of India-Lao PDR Joint Commission

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the 9th Meeting of India-Lao PDR Joint Commission on Bilateral Co-operation with her counterpart Saleumxay Kommasith in Vientiane, Capital of Laos.

The two sides reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations covering areas of Defence, Agriculture, Trade and Investment, Science and IT, Energy and Mining among others.

The Minister also called on the Prime Minister of Lao PDR Thongloun Sisoulith.

India-UAE Strategic Conclave To Be Held in Abu Dhabi

The second edition of the India-UAE Strategic Conclave will be held in the capital city of Abu Dhabi on 27th of November.

The day-long conclave will initiate a dialogue to widen the scope of bilateral investments.

Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Navdeep Suri will inaugurate the conclave. It is being organized by the Economic Times, India.

Key business leaders and senior government officials will come together to lay the blueprint for greater economic cooperation between the two countries and explore the economic gains through boosting the status of both countries as major trade hubs and key gateways to regional and international markets.

44 new coal blocks found in 4 Eastern states

The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has found 44 new coal blocks in four states of Eastern India.

The location of these coal blocks are spread across West Bengal’s Purulia and Birbhum districts, coal city of Talcher in Odisha, Bihar’s Bhagalpur and Jharkhand’s East Bokaro and south Karanpura.

The estimated coal resource of these 44 new blocks is close to 25,000 million tonnes.

Saudi and UAE Announced USD 500 Million In Aid To Yemen

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced $500 million in aid to war-torn Yemen in response to the dismal humanitarian conditions.

The country is on the brink of famine after the long war which continued since 2015 Saudi Arabia and the UAE intervened in Yemen to support Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after the Iranian-aligned Houthi rebel group took over the capital Sanaa.

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